Bullets fly on Basin Street

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -- New Orleans police didn't need a 911 call to know something was wrong Thursday afternoon on Basin Street.

"We heard gunfire in the 200 block of Basin Street.  Myself and other officers went out to try to investigate the incident," Lt. Keith Joseph told reporters from the NOPD's First District Station.

The district station is just a few blocks away from the scene on Basin Street where someone opened fire on a black, four-door car as it made the turn from Bienville Street.  According to police, the people in the car and the shooter on the sidewalk were in a gunfight.

The battle was caught on a security camera at the New Orleans Electric Cars business where many of the spent shell casings were found.  Some of the business' electric cars were also damaged by bullets.

The location is just outside the French Quarter but still close enough to run tourism-related businesses.  One worker at the car rental business was in front of the store less than 30 seconds before the bullets began to fly.

For more information on the case, including the worker's reaction to his close call, click on the video button above.



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